"Mordecai - A Man Undaunted by Hard Things " August 22, 2022

Monday, August 22nd

Take5 Devotional today written by Rrachel Fitzpatrick, Local Outreach Director


Mordecai – A Man Undaunted by Hard Things


Scripture to read today:  

And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?

Esther 4:14b



The book of Esther is a rich story about a young woman who demonstrates considerable strength and wisdom. Challenged and encouraged by her cousin Mordecai to stand up for her people, the Jews, she rises to the challenge and changes the course of their lives. Mordecai believed in Esther!

I want to focus on the man behind the woman: Mordecai. Do you have a Mordecai in your life? A friend, family member, spouse, who sees your gifts, your talents, your goals, your desires.

Someone who pushes you, challenges you, encourages you, who helps you conquer your fears and see God’s timing and place in your life?

I know I do! Here’s a few who have spoken into my life at critical times:

My mom – who encouraged me to study Information Systems in college when technology jobs were mainly male dominated.

My former pastor and his wife– among many other things, for teaching and training us in parenting to focus on what Jesus would want for our kids, not on what the world desires. Don’t fret over spilt milk, things like forgetting shoes and whether they take the AP or Honors courses. Character counts! Is it a character issue? He taught me to ask this simple yet profound question.

My husband – who always knows and encourages me that I can do hard things even when my fear or anxious thoughts take over.

My Besties – We set up a group chat and when life throws us curve balls and it will, we’ve seen each other through. Loss of jobs, kids’ health issues, parents passing, marital strife – amidst the challenges of life, we pass along scripture and words of encouragement.

We can do hard things but let’s be open to the people God places in our life. We all need a Mordecai!

2 Thes 3:13 “As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good”.

Suggestion: Text or call the Mordecai in your life and thank them.




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